Family Day Care Essential Applications – 1st Thing You Need To Know.

Become a family day care approved provider

If you are interested in becoming a family day care service provider, sometimes referred to as the ‘scheme’ or ‘agency’. Check out the range of products you will need for your applications. 

This is what you need to know.

What is an approved provider? A person or legal entity, such as a partnership or company, who hold the approval to operate an approved education and care service and hold the responsibility and liability to ensure everything runs within the legislation, not as easy as you think when educators are working from their own home, seperated from you; the office. 

What is the approved provider or nominated supervisor’s role? they are responsible and obligated to ensure each educator, educator assistant, coordinator and educational leader are meeting the minimum requirements of the Education and Care Services National Quality Law 2010, Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011, Education and Care Services National Quality Standards, Approved Learning Frameworks and the Family Assistance Law 2010.

Approved providers and nominated supervisors are also responsible to ensure families are enrolled in the service in a manner that meets the Family Assistance Law

To become an approved provider, applicants must complete an assessment process. Applicants are assessed on their individual merits, history and abilities by both state and federal regulatory authorities.

The application processes consists of:

  1. Approved Provider application to operate a family day care service under the education and care legislation, assessed by the state regulatory authority.
  2. Service Approval, how your service will meet the regulations, under the education and care national law assessed by the state regulatory authority
  3. Approved Provider to administer the Child Care Subsidy to families, assessed by the Federal Regulatory Authority.

With approvals getting harder and harder to achieve due to higher expectations by the regulatory authorities, I am here for you at each stage to support, coach and provide the right resources and information to assist you to achieve your goal.

As you go through each stage you will learn it gets more challenging and you are required to provide more, particularly at the federal level (Child Care Subsidy) which requires a fully developed business plan, policies and procedures that are directly linked to the Family Assistance Legislation and range of other requirements, this is the stage where most applicants are ‘refused’ approval. 

JPS can assist applicants at each stage of their application journey with a range of products, resources, coaching and advice.

Ultimately, it always comes down to you during the written assessments and interviews conducted by the regulatory authorities, so, if you are looking for someone to do the application and all the documentation for you, simply to submit, then JPS is not for you.  I will work with you to ensure you are ready for the assessments and written tests,  placing you the best position for approval.

I work with applicants that use my resources, templates and coaching to position themselves as business owners and approved providers to meet the expectations of the education and care sector and have the right business strategies in place to ensure a viable, compliant child care business. 

I often say to clients, “think of the application process like an education and care management and business course” it will position you well in the sector. 

Family day care is becoming more sought after by families, particularly since the COVID-19 pandamedic.

Family day care offers small groups of children with the added benefits of relationships between families and educators and children experiencing ‘home’ environments in their own community. 

The Effective Provision of Preschool Education study (EPPE) proves that family day care is the optimal model of early childhood care arrangements, something all children have a right to.

This study supports the value of early childhood education and care being delivered in partnership with families and educators, of which I advocate for.